2018 NACM Midyear Conference

11 February - 13 February Hyatt Regency Orange County

Agenda

  • 11 February
  • 12 February
  • 13 February

Conference Registration & Information

01:00 PM 06:00 PM

Host Orientation

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 07:00 PM

Breakfast On Your Own

06:00 AM 07:00 AM

Conference Registration & Information

07:00 AM 05:00 PM

The Doctor Is In: Schedule your Free Consultation!

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Coffee Service

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Conference Welcome

08:15 AM 08:30 AM

Plenary Session: The Brain Science of Boosting Creativity, Collaboration and Innovative Thinking

08:30 AM 09:30 AM

Marc Milstein

Networking Break

09:30 AM 09:45 AM

Build a Collaborative Court Leadership Team (Repeats @ 2:30 PM)

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Zenell  Brown

Robert  Colombo, Jr

Dawn McCarty

Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey

Plenary Follow Up: The Science of Managing Stress

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Marc Milstein

Joining Forces Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Gray Barton

John Morrissey

Jamie Walter

Collaboration Sponsor Session

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Exhibit Show

10:30 AM 02:30 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

More than Meets the Eye: Human Trafficking in the Courtroom

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Jessica Emerson

Maria  Hernandez

Abigail Hill

Barbara  Waxman

Collaboration Sponsor Session

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Build a Collaborative Court Leadership Team (Repeat of 9:45 AM)

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Zenell  Brown

Robert  Colombo, Jr

Dawn McCarty

Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey

Fostering an Innovative Court (Repeat @ 11:00 AM on 2/13)

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Robert Oyung

Marsha Slough

Networking Break

03:30 PM 03:45 PM

Expungement in the Post Ferguson Era

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

PK Peter Kiefer

What is the Courts’ Role in Serving Offenders With Mental Illness

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Nicole Waters

HY Heidy Yang

What to Look for in Your Court’s Next Generation of Leaders

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

TM Tina  Mattison

Breakfast On Your Own

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Conference Registration & Information

07:30 AM 12:00 PM

The Doctor Is In: Schedule your Free Consultation!

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Coffee Service

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Morning Announcements

08:15 AM 08:30 AM

Plenary: Neuroscience, Child and Adolescent Development and the Courts

08:30 AM 09:30 AM

Pat  Levitt

Networking Break

09:30 AM 09:45 AM

Pretrial Justice and the State Courts

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Sue Ferrere

Susan  Keilitz

Plenary Follow up: Implications for Court Leaders

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Maria  Hernandez

Pat  Levitt

Extending the Core to your Court: Strategic Planning

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Kenneth "Kent" Pankey, Jr.

Increasing Courthouse Resilience to Disasters

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Justin Mammen

Networking Break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Justice for All

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

SS Shelley Spacek Miller

MW Mike  Williams

Laurie Zelon

Fostering an Innovative Court (Repeat of 2:30 PM on 2/12)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Robert Oyung

Marsha Slough

Courts, Legal Aid, and Self Help Centers Working Together

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Ana Maria Garcia

Claudia  Johnson

SR Salvador  Reynoso

Building Strategic Collaboration to Address Jail Misuse

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Pamela Casey

Lunch and Plenary: TakingPoint: Principles for Building a High-Performance Culture

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Brent  Gleeson

Networking Break

01:30 PM 01:45 PM

Court Security: Networking with Justice Partners

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Sharon Heidersdorf

Neil  Nesheim

Marijuana and the Youth

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Mary Celeste

Plenary Follow Up: TakingPoint: Strategies for Improving Collaboration

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Brent  Gleeson

Data to Dashboards - Dynamic Data Dashboards at Work!

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Darren Dang

Nicole Le

Networking Break

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

Plenary - State of the State Courts

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Jesse  Rutledge

Speakers

The NACM Board

Gray Barton

Director for the Office of Problem-Solving Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts, Maryland Judiciary
Gray Barton is the Director for the Office of Problem-Solving Courts in Annapolis, Maryland. In this position Mr. Barton oversees the planning and administration of various types of drug and DUI courts, mental health courts, veterans courts, truancy courts, and other problem-solving court programs for the Maryland Judiciary.

12 February

Zenell Brown

Court Administrator
3rd Circuit Court, Michigan
Zenell has over two decades of experience in leading change in the court environment. She has served as an attorney, mediator, supervisor, and director, helping families resolve disputes and creating child support initiatives to improve the well-being of children while improving the efficiency of the court. She has shared the challenges and success of her work with local and national child support and court audiences. Currently as Executive Court Administrator of the Third Circuit Court, Zenell oversees a budget of approximately $130 million and directs a staff of 600 professionals and support workers. She supports the 58 elected judges in their efforts to resolve over 60,000 cases each year. A graduate of University of Detroit Mercy (B.A.) and Wayne State University Law School (J.D.), Zenell continues to be a lifelong learner.

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Pamela Casey

Principal Research Consultant
National Center for State Courts
Pamela Casey, Principal Court Research Consultant of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), holds a Ph.D. in psychology. Since joining the NCSC in 1986, she has conducted numerous national-scope research and policy projects on a variety of court topics such as the measurement of court performance, access to justice, court security and emergency management, and court responses to individuals in need of services.

Dr. Casey has served as the Associate Director of Research for the NCSC and the director of the NCSC’s Best Practices Institute. She currently directs projects on the use of evidence - based practices in pretrial, sentencing, and community corrections; and effective decision making and professional well-being. She also provides support to the Access and Fairness and the Criminal Justice Committees of the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators in their work to develop and disseminate national policy statements and recommendations for state courts.

13 February

Mary Celeste

Judge (retired)
Denver County Court
Judge Mary A. Celeste (ret.) sat on the Denver County Court bench 2000-2015. She was the Presiding Judge 2009 and 2010 and the co-founder of the Denver County Court Sobriety Court. She is the immediate past chair of ABA National Conference of Specialized Court Judges, Judicial Advisory Board member for the Foundation for the Advancement of Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) and Faculty for the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) and the National Judicial College (NJC). She has served as the President of the American Judge’s Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and, as a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Judicial Outreach Liaison. She has written many articles and is a national speaker on the topics of marijuana; marijuana and drug impaired driving, and specialty courts. She has presented to NADCP, APPA, AJA, ABA, DATIA, NHTSA, Lifesavers, Pennsylvania DUI Association, Michigan and Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals and to Judges, Specialty Court Conferences, and Safety Highway Offices in the States of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and in Canada.

13 February

Robert Colombo, Jr

Chief Judge
3rd Circuit Court, Michigan
Judge Colombo was first elected to the bench in November, 1982 and assumed office in January, 1983. He has served as the Chief Judge since 2014. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Colombo was involved in creating the docket management plan for the Court’s civil docket and has been the Chairman of the Docket Review Committee making certain that all (58) dockets in all three of the Court’s divisions are current. In 2003, he initiated electronic service and storage on the Court’s asbestos docket. In 2017, he implemented the “Last Chance Jury Service Process,” offering jurors who failed to appear in 2016 one last chance to rectify that situation. Judge Colombo received his B.B.A. degree in Accounting, cum laude from the University of Miami and his J.D. degree cum laude from the Detroit College of Law.

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Darren Dang

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Orange County Superior Court
Darren Dang currently serves as the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer (CFAO) for the Superior Court of California, County of Orange (the Court), with an annual budget of approximately $200 million. He is responsible for all financial and facility operations of the court including budgeting, business analytics, financial accounting and reporting, payroll, contracts, procurement, collections as well as facilities maintenance and delegation. He has over 20 years of management experience in both the public and private sector. Darren holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Masters in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelors of Engineering and Applied Science from California Institute of Technology (CalTech).

13 February

Renee Danser

Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN)
Deputy Director
Renee L. Danser, Esquire, is Deputy Director of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) where she oversees operations of the SRLN alongside the Executive Director, Katherine Alteneder. The SRLN connects lawyers, judges, and allied professionals who are creating innovative and evidence-based solutions so that self-represented litigants have meaningful access to the courts and get the legal help they need. Ms. Danser attained a Bachelor of Arts and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the Institute for Court
Management Fellows Program in May of 2013 where her project was awarded the Vice President’s Award of Merit for Applied Research. Ms. Danser began her career as a court manager when she chaired the multidisciplinary committee to unify the family court in Pittsburgh under the best practice principles of “One Judge/One Family”. Thereafter Ms. Danser began oversight of self-represented litigant services. Ms. Danser then went on to oversee all court operations as the Court Administrator for the 43rd Judicial District of Pennsylvania before beginning her work with the SRLN. Ms. Danser served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Court Management (NACM) as the Membership Services Committee Chair. She continues to serve as NACM’s liaison to the SRLN and the American Bar Association (ABA). Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of Directors and chairs the Government Relations Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association and is appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee. Ms. Danser is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jessica Emerson

Professor
University of Baltimore School of Law
Professor Emerson began the Human Trafficking Prevention Project of the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic in August of 2015. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Emerson was a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. There she began the innovative Trafficking Victims Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, which focused on implementing a 2011 Maryland law allowing survivors of sex trafficking to vacate their prostitution convictions. She trains nationally on vacating convictions and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions for people in the commercial sex industry.


Professor Emerson received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2013, where she was the recipient of the Law Faculty Award.Prior to attending law school, Jessica was a social worker at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York City, where she provided intensive individual mental health counseling and case management services to HIV- positive and sexually high-risk adolescents, as well as group counseling and HIV testing services to adolescent survivors of domestic sex trafficking and LGBTQ youth at partnering community agencies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island, and her Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University, with a focus on health, mental health, and disabilities. She is a barred attorney in Maryland and a licensed social worker in New York State.

12 February

Sue Ferrere

Technical Assistance Manager
Pretrial Justice Instiute
Sue Ferrere is the technical assistance manager for the Pretrial Justice Institute, which is based in Rockville, Maryland.She lives and works out of Evergreen, Colorado. Before joining PJI, Sue was a criminal justice planner in Jefferson County. She was instrumental in developing the Colorado Improving Supervised Pretrial Release project, a 10-county effort that was the predecessor of the CPAT (Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool). Sue also specialized in therapeutic jurisprudence, developing coordinated justice system responses to individuals with behavioral health challenges, and helped start the Jefferson County Recovery Court. In a previous life - before pretrial justice reform swept the country - Sue was a renewable energy scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. She especially enjoys when law and science meet, and pretrial justice is one of those junctures.

13 February

Ana Maria Garcia

Director of Access to Justice Initiatives
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)
Ana Maria Garcia has worked her entire legal career as a public interest lawyer working towards access to justice. Currently, she is the Director of Access to Justice Initiatives at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) where she oversees all projects that are in partnership with the Los Angeles Superior Court – specifically the Self-Help Centers, partnership grants and the Shriver Project.
Ms. Garcia is a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission for Women serving currently as Vice President.She belongs to the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness and a Member of the Judicial Council’s Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force. Previously, Ms. Garcia served on both the Elkins Implementation Task Force and the Elkins Family Law Task Force where she worked with legal advocates, Court Administrators and Judges to develop policy recommendations making the family law process more efficient and user friendly.

13 February

Brent Gleeson

Founder
TakingPoint™ Leadership
Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and building high performance teams to culture and organizational transformation. You can learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on Inc.com and Forbes.com.
He has also starred in several reality shows including NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes where he and Chris Kyle of America Sniper along with other special operations professionals were paired with celebrities to compete and raise money for charities like Wounded Warrior Project.
With degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, English and History from Oxford University in England and an MBA from University of San Diego, Gleeson’s extensive experience is both academic and real-world in nature. Gleeson has won awards for business leadership and was named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Entrepreneur Magazine’s October 2013 issue for his exemplary approach to building high-performance teams in business. He is the author of TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change, which publishes on Feb. 20, 2018.
Brent is on the executive board of the SEAL Family Foundation and his family is an Ambassador Family for March of Dimes. He is married with three wonderful children.

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Sharon Heidersdorf

Clerk of Court
Juneau Trial Courts
Sharon Heidersdorf serves as the Clerk of Court in Juneau, Alaska. As Clerk of Court and acting Deputy Magistrate, she is responsible for the facility operations and management of the Juneau Trial Courts. She is a graduate of the National Center for State Courts Court Manager Program and has completed the Advanced A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Response Training Course. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

13 February

Maria Hernandez

Juvenile Court of Orange County
Presiding Judge
The Honorable Judge Maria Hernandez was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court for Orange County on January 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment she was responsible for both dependency and delinquency inventories, presided over Juvenile Drug Court, Dependency Drug Court and the Boys Court program, and chaired the task force relating to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). Judge Hernandez has been assigned to the Juvenile Court since 2010 and prior to that assignment served at the West Justice Center presiding over adult criminal matters.

Currently, Judge Hernandez also serves as a member of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Initiative”, the Judicial Council of California’s “Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness” and is a faculty member for the Judicial Council of California’s Center for Judiciary Education and Research (CJER). Judge Hernandez leads numerous projects and commissions working to reduce truancy and creating successful educational outcomes for the youth in Orange County. Judge Hernandez is an active member of numerous law and community related organizations at the local, state and national levels.
Judge Hernandez worked as a senior deputy public defender for the County of Orange as a trial lawyer until she was appointed to the bench as a Commissioner in 2006, and appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a judge in 2009. Since 2011, she has served as adjunct Professor of Juvenile and Domestic Law at Western State College of Law.Judge Hernandez is a University of California, Irvine alumni, having graduated with her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in 1986 and law degree from Western State University-Fullerton in 1991.

Judge Hernandez received the Distinguished Service Award for the 2016 which is the highest award presented by The Judicial Council of California honoring a judicial branch member for extraordinary dedication, outstanding leadership and significant contribution to advancing the council’s strategic goals for the judicial branch.Judge Hernandez was recognized for her personal dedication and extraordinary commitment to advancing and improving the juvenile justice system.Judge Hernandez was also bestowed with the 2016 Diamond Individual Award for her exceptional commitment and leadership serving women and children in the movement to eradicate human trafficking focusing on the commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Judge Hernandez was inducted into the Western State College of Law Hall of Fame in 2016 for her continued outstanding service to the legal profession and community

As the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge, Judge Hernandez enjoys maintaining a small inventory of cases while working with juvenile justice partners in the daily administration of juvenile court

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Abigail Hill

Staff Attorney
Maryland Judiciary/AOC
Abby Hill is an experienced attorney at the Maryland Judiciary/Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Juvenile and Family Services. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and, after working for two years in the compliance division of a Boston asset-management firm, moved to Washington, D.C. for law school. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law.

Prior to coming to the Judiciary, Abby clerked for the Hon. Christopher B. Kehoe of the Court of Special Appeals and practiced general civil litigation, with an emphasis on family law. She has also served as court-appointed counsel for children in custody proceedings. Abby works on a variety of matters related to child welfare, juvenile justice, and human trafficking. She staffs the Judiciary’s Workgroup on Human Trafficking and is the Judiciary’s liaison to the Maryland Human Trafficking Initiative.

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Claudia Johnson

Program Manager
LawHelp Interactive
Claudia works to improve how legal non-profits and courts provide services to low income communities and how those without lawyers obtain the remedies they need from multiple venues. Claudia has been working on access to justice through technology for 10+ years, starting at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland to design and created the Legal Advice Line. Claudia has been an innovator for 21 years starting the lawyer of the day project in eviction court in San Francisco, the Language Access Project at CLS, Philadelphia. Claudia helped draft the LEP Court Standards approved by the ABA. Claudia served on the working group that released the Best Practices on E-filing for SRLs published by LSC. Claudia reviews articles for the NCSC Future Trends in State Courts Journal. She is a member of the WA State ATJ Commission Technology group, and guest blogs with Richard Zorza on  and Pro Bono Net’s Connecting Justice Communities blog, Her work on online forms was recently highlighted by the NY Times in 2016. Every day she works with many organizations using online forms to improve access for those without lawyers and level the playing field for them and for attorneys handling high demand complex areas of law in legal non profits.

Claudia started her legal career as a Skadden Fellow in Philadelphia. She is has 3 degrees from UC Berkeley and her law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School.



13 February

Susan Keilitz

Principal Court Research Consultant
National Center for State Courts
Susan Keilitz, J.D. and Principal Court Research Consultant, joined NCSC in 1985. For over 25 years, Ms. Keilitz has focused on working with court leaders to improve domestic violence policy and practice in the civil and criminal justice systems. She also has provided in-country technical assistance on gender-based violence issues for the U.S. State Department in Barbados and Serbia. Over the past four years, Ms. Keilitz has assisted in developing resources for court leaders on pretrial justice issues and collaborated with partner organizations promoting pretrial justice reform. Ms. Keilitz holds a J.D. from the Marshall Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, a M.A. from Arizona State University, and a B.A. from Indiana University.

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Peter Kiefer

Civil Court Administrator
Maricopa Superior Court
Peter Kiefer has worked for the Maricopa Superior Court since 2001 first as the Criminal Court Administrator and now as Civil Court Administrator. Trial courts have long been challenged to embrace a future of efficient and effective case processing.Peter’s career, as Trial Court Programs Division Manager at the California Administrative Office of the Courts and as Director of Trial Court Programs Division for the Oregon Judicial Department has been devoted to welcoming that future.He has had Rule of Law assignments in Liberia, Beirut and Moldova.He has enjoyed editing The Court Manager ethics column for many years and has made dozens of presentations on both the future of the courts and ethics. He received his Bachelors from Santa Clara University, his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.In 2015 he receivedNACM’s Award of Merit.

12 February

Nicole Le

Principal Analyst, Business Analytics Team
Orange County Superior Court
Nicole Le currently serves as the manager for the Business Analytics Team (BAT). Specifically, BAT aims to deliver innovative and user-friendly data-driven analysis, enhanced data reporting methods, financial and strategic planning dashboards to support policy decision-making and court wide initiatives. Nicole has over 21 years of service in the public sector, 11 years with the Court and 10 years with the Department of Child Support Services in Orange County, California. Nicole received a Juris Doctor from Western State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine.

13 February

Pat Levitt

Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics
Institute for the Developing Mind
Dr. Levitt received his BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at Yale University. Dr. Levitt has held leadership positions at University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University and University of Southern California. Named a McKnight Foundation Scholar in 2002, Dr. Levitt also was a MERIT awardee from the National Institute of Mental Health and served as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institute of Mental Health. He is an elected member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an Elected Member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, and serves as Co-Scientific Director of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a policy council that brings the best research from child development and neuroscience to assist policy makers, service providers and other professionals, and private sector business leaders in making wise decisions regarding program investment. A major goal of communicating science is to integrate the core story of brain and child development through efforts to educate the next generation of professionals in business, education, health, law and science.

Dr. Levitt’s laboratory does both basic and clinical research. The program focuses on identifying the factors that assure healthy development of brain architecture that controls learning, emotional and social behavior. His clinical research studies address how toxic stress responses in infants and toddlers may be detected as early as possible for promoting resilience and better prevention and intervention development, and studies of children with autism who also have co-occurring medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal disorders. He has received research funding from National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and many non-profit foundations. Dr. Levitt has published over 290 scientific papers and given hundreds of academic and public presentations.

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Justin Mammen

Orange County Superior Court
Emergency Response and Security Services Manager
Justin Mammen serves as the Emergency Response and Security Services Manager for the Orange County Superior Court where he has served for the past six years. Justin oversees security, safety, emergency preparedness, and emergency management for the court system.He is a member of the Judicial Council of California - Court Security Advisory Committee. Since 2008, Justin has served as a reserve Staff Sergeant at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base providing anti-terrorism and base security for the installation. Justin obtained his Masters’ degree in Social Welfare from UCLA where his graduate research focused on community oriented policing. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, Master Exercise Practitioner, Professional Continuity Practitioner, and a Master Military Emergency Management Specialist.Justin is passionate about furthering emergency management in the judicial branch and has served as a technical specialist for courts seeking to enhance their emergency preparedness.

13 February

Stacey Marz

Director of Self-Help Services
Alaska Court System
Stacey Marz is the Director of Self- Help Services for the Alaska Court System. In this position, she oversees the Family Law Self-Help Center, a statewide program for self-represented litigants in family law cases that works with customers by phone. She also manages the court's self-help websites and self-help forms development for appeals to the Supreme Court, family law, probate estates, guardianship and conservatorship and traffic cases. She co-founded the innovative Early Resolution Program that mass calendars newly filed contested divorce and custody cases and uses pro bono unbundled attorneys and court mediators to help self-represented litigants resolve their disputes usually in one court hearing. Stacey is a member of several Supreme Court committees, representing the perspective of self-represented litigants and improving access to justice.

As a member of the Administrative Director’s senior staff, Stacey trains judicial officers and court staff statewide on how to work effectively with self-represented litigants and individuals needing interpreters. She has presented nationally on self-help services and access to justice initiatives. She is also a member of the Alaska faculty for Seattle University School of Law.

Stacey is a fellow of the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management and is a certified court manager and certified court executive. She is a former legal services attorney and clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court from 1993-1995. Stacey graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law.

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Tina Mattison

Deputy Court Administrator
Pima County Juvenile Court
Tina Mattison is the Deputy Court Administrator for the Pima County Juvenile Court, accepting this role in February of 2015.She plans, directs and oversees the management of the Juvenile Court, which consists of the following areas: juvenile justice (which includes probation and detention), children and family services, court and calendar services, facilities and security services, contracts and grants, research and evaluation, and information technology.She is currently serving on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Court Security Standards Committee.Previously she spent 27 years working for the California Superior Court system, in both Orange County and Riverside County.

Ms. Mattison served as the division manager for Riverside Superior Court where she directed the clerk’s office and courtrooms for the Riverside Family Law bench.Prior to working in Riverside, Ms. Mattison worked for Orange County Superior Court.She began her career in Juvenile Court, but spent years supervising and managing in the following divisions:Juvenile Courtrooms, Court Reporter and Interpreter Services, and Criminal Courtrooms.Ms. Mattison has also engaged on national, statewide, and local case management projects.She managed a wide array of special courts, including Drug Court, Co-occurring Disorders Court, Homeless Outreach Court, DUI Court and Domestic Violence Court.

Ms. Mattison earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University Fullerton, and she is a graduate fellow from the Institute for Court Management.She has published an article on vicarious trauma of court staff entitled “Vicarious Trauma:The Silent Stressor.”

12 February

Dawn McCarty

Director
Michigan Judicial Institute
Dawn F. McCarty, is the director of the Michigan Judicial Institute. Her primary responsibility is to direct the delivery of education and training for all judges and judicial branch employees, as well as oversee the development and revision of MJI publications.

Previously, Dawn served as a program administrator with MJI.Her principal responsibilities were to design and provide educational opportunities for new and experienced judges and new and experienced chief judges and court managers. Previously, Dawn was a research attorney with MJI and co-authored several benchbooks (Contempt of Court, 1987; Probate Court Benchbooks Vol I-III, 1990; and the Criminal Monographs, 1992) and served as Co-Editor of two judicial periodicals (IMPACT and Colleague).

Dawn is a graduate of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University.She has served as an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School and as a guest lecturer at Western Michigan University.

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Marc Milstein

Brain Health Researcher
Dr. Milstein Education
Dr. Marc Milstein specializes in taking the leading science research on human health, productivity, and happiness and presents it in a way that entertains, educates and empowers his audience to live better. His lecture topics range from cutting edge brain science topics such as productivity, memory, stress and emotions to how our DNA and trillions of cells work in concert with our environment to determine our mental and physical health.

Dr. Milstein earned both his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. He has conducted research on topics including genetics, cancer biology, neuroscience, and infectious disease and his work has been published in multiple scientific journals. Dr. Milstein has been quoted breaking down and analyzing the latest research in popular press such as USA Today. Dr. Milstein can also be seen on television's Dr. Oz show explaining the latest science breakthroughs that improve our life.

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John Morrissey

Chief Judge
District Court of Maryland
Judge Morrissey graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University. In 1989 he earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore School of Law. In November 2005, John Morrissey was appointed a District Court Judge for Prince George’s County and on June 1, 2014, he was named Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland.

12 February

Neil Nesheim

Area Court Administrator
Alaska Court System
Neil Nesheim is a 30 year employee of the Alaska Court System. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a Fellow of the National Center for State Court’s Institute for Court Management program. He has served on numerous boards and committees, ranging from local and statewide security committees to the NCSC’s Trends in State Courts review committee. Mr. Nesheim has authored three articles, the most recent one being published by the American Bar Association’s Judges’ Journal in the Fall of 2016. Mr. Nesheim makes regular presentations at Alaska’s Statewide Clerks and Magistrate Judges conferences and this will be his fifth NACM appearance.

13 February

Robert Oyung

Judical Council of California
Chief Information Officer
Robert Oyung is the Chief Information Officer for the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body of the largest court system in the nation.He provides leadership for strategic technology programs that increase access to justice. He was appointed to the Council’s Court Technology Advisory Committee in 2010 and later to the Technology Planning Task Force to help design the branchwide strategic plan for technology.In 2016, Robert received the Judicial Branch Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the Judicial Council.He is a certified instructor for the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management.Previously, Robert was the CIO for Santa Clara Superior Court and R&D Manager and Director of IT at Hewlett-Packard. Robert is co-author of the book, “Working Virtually: Challenges of Virtual Teams.” He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and a B.S. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley.

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Kenneth "Kent" Pankey, Jr.

Senior Planner, Office of the Execuitive Secretary
Supreme Court of Virginia
Kenneth G. “Kent” Pankey, Jr., has served as the senior planner for the Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia, since 2005. His principal responsibility is the operation of the Judicial Branch's Comprehensive Planning Process. He also staffs commissions and study groups, writes and edits reports and newsletters, and supports educational and technical assistance efforts. Admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1988, he began his career at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) where he held a variety of positions including staff attorney, departmental director, senior analyst, and head of the institutional review board. Kent serves on NACM’s Core Committee and was a coauthor of the Core Curriculum Design for Strategic Planning. He received a B.A. in political science from Hampden-Sydney College and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary. He is a 1999 Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.

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Salvador Reynoso

Orange County Superior Court
Senior Attorney
Salvador Reynoso is a Senior Attorney with the Orange County Superior Court, Self-Help Services Unit. He has been with the Orange County Superior Court since 2007 providing procedural assistance to the self-represented, focusing on the delivery of services through the use of technology. Prior to joining the court he practiced family law in Los Angeles and Riverside. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.

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Jesse Rutledge

Vice President, External Affairs
National Center for State Courts
Jesse Rutledge serves as VP for External Affairs at the National Center for State Courts.He oversees the organization’s communications, marketing, information services, associations, conferences, and private development, and is project director on NCSC’s State of the State Courts survey work.He holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science.

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Marsha Slough

Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal
Marsha G. Slough was appointed by Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown, Jr., as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal for the State of California on December 22, 2015.Her appointment was confirmed on February 22, 2016.
Prior to this appointment, Marsha G. Slough had been the Presiding Judge of the San Bernardino Superior Court since September 2012.
Following her judicial appointment to the Superior Court by Governor Gray Davis in August 2003, Judge Slough had several assignments with the San Bernardino Superior Court, including serving as the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court from October 2007 to December 2010.She sat on assignment, hearing diverse case types, including adult criminal, juvenile dependency and delinquency, and civil.
Justice Slough is involved in statewide judicial branch governance issues.She currently serves as the Chair of the Judicial Council Technology Committee, and serves as an Advisory member of the California Judicial Council.She was appointed as Chair of the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, served on the Trial Court Budget Working Group, and was appointed by the Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to the Technology Task Force.
Marsha G. Slough received her Juris Doctorate in 1986 from Whittier College School of Law, and graduated from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, in 1980.

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Shelley Spacek Miller

Court Research Associate
National Center for State Courts
Shelley Spacek Miller is a Court Research Associate in the Research Division of the National Center for State Courts. Ms. Miller’s current projects focus on a variety of areas including civil justice reform, criminal case flow management, procedural fairness, and judicial selection and independence. She has previously provided support for several Conference of Chief Justices Committees. Other areas of work at NCSC have included assistance with a national civil justice data collection effort and problem solving court evaluations. Ms. Spacek Miller’s previous work and volunteer efforts focused on domestic violence and child abuse/neglect. Ms. Spacek Miller received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law and her B.B.A. in Management from Texas A&M University.

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Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey

President and CEO
PRAXIS Consulting, Inc.
Brenda J. Wagenknecht-Ivey, Ph.D., helps organizations of all types take the right actions to improve performance and enhance employee well-being.Drawing upon a sound understanding of organizational psychology, Dr. Wagenknecht-Ivey uses proven practices to successfully bring about change and achieve results.Strategic thinking and planning, leadership and team development, performance measurement, and innovative and collaborative change management strategies are among her areas of expertise.Dr. Wagenknecht-Ivey is currently lead faculty for the Michigan Judicial Institute’s 6-month Court Leadership Team Academy and the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation’s 9-month Health Professional Leadership Academy.

Dr. Wagenknecht-Ivey has worked with courts across the United States and South Pacific, and previously held senior staff positions at the National Center for State Courts, Michigan State Court Administrative Office, and 37th Judicial Circuit Court (Battle Creek, Michigan).She has published numerous articles and guidebooks on strategic planning, executive leadership, managing change, continuous quality improvement, 360-degree feedback, succession planning/talent management, and procedural fairness.


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Jamie Walter

Director of Court Operations
Maryland Judiciary
Dr. Jamie Walter is the Director of Court Operations at the Administrative Office of the Courts. She was previously the Executive Director of Operations at District Court Headquarters. Jamie has managed evaluations of a variety of court practices in both District and Circuit Courts. She has over 18 years of experience in project management and research design, grant writing, data collection, and data analysis. Jamie’s work includes evaluations of case processing performance, self-help centers, mental health courts, teen courts, case management and disposition in Juvenile matters, and the statewide cost-benefit/effectiveness analysis of alternative dispute resolution.Jamie has helped to secure and manage major grants from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the State Justice Institute. She has worked on the Maryland Judiciary's Annual Report, the Annual Case Flow Assessment Report, and Access and Fairness in the Maryland Judiciary, and spearheaded the new data dashboard. Jamie is actively involved in Judiciary committees: she staffs the Court Operations Committee, is a member of the Jury Use and Management Committee and the Court Services Center Workgroup, and is a former member of Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Self-Help Center Advisory Committee, and the Case Time Standards District Court Working Group. Her work has been presented at regional and national conferences and published in peer reviewed journals.

Prior to joining the courts, she was a college professor and taught courses in psychology, statistics, research methods, and human development and was appointed Human Services Director at Albion College. She also worked as a case manager for the mentally ill. Dr. Walter received her B.A. from St. Mary's College of Maryland and her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Maine.

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Nicole Waters

Principal Court Research Consultant
National Center for State Courts
Nicole L. Waters PhD, a Principal Court Research Consultant for the Research Division of the National Center for State Courts, has 20 years of experience working with the legal system. In addition to evaluating several local mental health courts, Dr. Waters has explored mental health dockets both statewide and nationally, including a an evaluation of a consolidated mental health court docket examining outcomes for competency restoration and a voluntary criminal mental health court in two large urban areas in Maryland, a statewide process evaluation of mental health courts (MHCs) across Arizona, development of statewide standards for MHCs (MN and AZ), development of national performance measures for MHCs, and the development of communication models to understand structures in MHCs between treatment providers and the courts. Dr. Waters recently served as the evaluator for the Miami-Dade County Adult Drug Court and conducted a randomized control trial that examined trauma treatment curriculum for male substance users.Dr. Waters has also conducted numerous evaluations of drug courts and assisted state leadership and local courts in the implementation of performance measures and performance management scenario-based training for drug courts.

Dr. Waters has gained a broader understanding of court processes through directing several national studies including: directing a census of problem-solving courts in 2012, directing three grants from the Civil Justice Survey of State Courts series which compiled data on civil trials and appeals representing courts across the nation, and directing a national study that explored criminal appeals in all 143 state appellate courts. Current work at the Center includes investigating the intersection in law and science and (e.g., evidence-based research on problem-solving courts, admissibility of scientific evidence), evaluating case processing and expediency (e.g., competency proceedings, civil litigation, and appellate case processing), and examining the policy and social implications of jury procedures. Dr. Waters has taught courses in research and evaluation methods designed for court administrators, court managers, and judges and serves on the advisory board of NCSC’s educational division, the Institute for Court Management.She has co-sponsored numerous educational seminars for judges on topics related to science and the courts. Dr. Waters has taught Research Methodology, as well as Criminology, at The College of William and Mary and courses in Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. At the University of Delaware, she received a Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in law and society and research methodology/statistics. She received a M.A. in general experimental psychology from California State University in Fresno and her B.A. in psychology and statistics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

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Barbara Waxman

Associate Judge
District Court of Maryland-Baltimore City
Barbra B. Waxman is an Associate Judge of the District Court of Maryland-Baltimore City. Following her graduation in 1980 from the University of Baltimore Law School, she became an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore City. In 1986, she became Chief of the District Court Division of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. She remained there until May 8, 1991, when she was sworn in as an Associate Judge of the District Court of Maryland-Baltimore City.

Judge Waxman has served and is currently serving on numerous committees including: Civil Law and Procedure Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference 1991 – 1992, Chair, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference 1994 – 1995, Member, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee 1993 – 1994, Judge-In-Charge-Eastside District Court Building – 1995 – 1997, Member, Planning and Oversights Committee, Community Court for Baltimore City 1997 – 1999, Member Bail System Task Force 2003 – 2008, Chair, committee On Criminal and Motor Vehicle, Matter – District Court of Maryland 1997 – present, Member, Administrative Judges Committee – Maryland Judicial Conference 1999 – 2000, Executive Committee- Baltimore City District Court 1999 – present, Judge-In-Charge, Courtroom At Central Booking and Intake Center 1999 – present, Judge-In-Charge Borgerding Court Building 2011 – present, Chair, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Warrant Committee 2009 – 2011 and Chair Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Domestic Violence Committee 2011 –present.

Judge Waxman is a member of several Law Associations including: the Baltimore City Bar Association, Women’s Law Center, Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society, The Trial Table Law Club and the National Association of Women Judges.


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Mike Williams

Chief Clerk
Suffolk County Family Court
Mike Williams presently serves as the Chief Clerk of Suffolk County Family Court in New York State. Prior to his present position, Mike served as the Borough Chief Clerk for New York and the Bronx Counties from 2009-2016. Between 1998 and 2009, he served as the Court Clerk Specialist in Kings County Family Court and Assistant Deputy Chief Clerk of Self-Represented Services in Kings and Queens Counties and conducted multiple operational assessment of courts throughout his career. He commenced his career as a Court Officer in 1989. Mike attended Brooklyn College as a Psychology major. He co-authored several online DIY petitions including the Child Support Modification Petition Program, and is recipient of the first NYS DIY Access to Justice Award from Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher, Merit Performance Award by NYS Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and the NYC Bar Association’s Kathryn McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to the Family Court.

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Heidy Yang

District Manager
San Bernardino Superior Court
Heidy Yang is currently a District Manager with San Bernardino Superior Court. Previously, she was as a Program Coordinator and has held a variety of positions during her twelve years with Orange County Superior Court. Ms. Yang has participated in numerous projects including the Judicial Council’s statewide California Courts Protective Order Registry now deployed in 43 Superior courts and 13 Tribal courts. Ms. Yang is also a member of the National Association for Court Management and assisted in producing a resource guide for courts throughout the country: “A Guide to Domestic Violence Cases.” She has experience in Probate, Mental Health, Civil, Criminal, Traffic and Family Law case types. Ms. Yang received her bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and her master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University at Fullerton.

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Laurie Zelon

Justice
California Court of Appeal
Justice Zelon has served as an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal since 2003. She was born in Durham, North Carolina. She received her B.A. degree in 1974 from Cornell University and her J.D. degree in 1977 from Harvard Law School. During the twenty-three years that preceded her appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2000, Justice Zelon had an active litigation practice, involving scientific and technical issues, fiduciary obligations, and other complex commercial disputes.

Justice Zelon is a past President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is a past member of its Board of Trustees, and past Chair of its Federal Courts Committee, its Judiciary Committee, its Access to Justice Committee, and its subsection on Real Estate Litigation. She has been active since her admission to practice in the American Bar Association and has served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Public Service Responsibility, as a member of the Consortium on Law and the Public, and as Chair of its national Law Firm Pro Bono Project. From 1994 to 1997, she was Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.

In California, Justice Zelon has been a long-time member and served as Chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice. She is an active member of several statewide judicial committees addressing administration of justice issues. She has written articles and spoken at educational programs for judges and lawyers concerning pro bono, public service, legal ethics and legal education.

She was the 1993 Recipient of the William Reece Smith, Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award, the 1999 Recipient of the Charles Dorsey Award from the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association, and the 2000 recipient of the Loren Miller Legal Services Award from the State Bar of California. She was the first recipient, in February 2000, of the Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award, given by the Pro Bono Institute of Washington, D.C.

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Vicky Carlson

President
NACM

Paul DeLosh

President-Elect
NACM

Will Simmons

Vice President
NACM

TJ BeMent

Secretary-Treasurer
NACM

Scott Griffith

Past-President
NACM

Jeff Chapple

Director
NACM

Sarah Couture

Director
NACM

Alfred Degrafinreid

Director
NACM

Julie Dybas

Director
NACM

Kathy Griffin

Director
NACM

Greg Lambard

Director
NACM

Dawn Palermo

Director
NACM

Rick Pierce

Director
NACM

Alyce Roberts

Director
NACM

Jeffrey Tsunekawa

Director
NACM

Conference Registration & Information

01:00 PM 06:00 PM Grand Foyer

Beat the Monday morning rush and pick up your badge. You must wear your conference badge at all times for entry into education sessions and the exhibit hall.

Host Orientation

04:30 PM 05:00 PM Harbor Room (Second Floor)

Learn tips for introducing speakers for the session you volunteered to host. 

Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 07:00 PM Grand Halls A, C, D (Exhibit Hall)

Breakfast On Your Own

06:00 AM 07:00 AM

Conference Registration & Information

07:00 AM 05:00 PM Grand Foyer

Question regarding the conference? We've got the answers! 

The Doctor Is In: Schedule your Free Consultation!

08:00 AM 05:00 PM Salon II (Second Floor)

The Doctor is In program is a special on-site service which is offered solely to attendees of various national, regional and state court conferences throughout the year. The program offers conference attendees an opportunity to speak with one or more of the National Center for State Court's court services professionals on any desired court topic, for no charge and with no further obligation. Contact Kent Kelly to schedule an appointment.



Coffee Service

08:00 AM 09:00 AM Grand Foyer

Conference Welcome

08:15 AM 08:30 AM Grand Halls E - G

Plenary Session: The Brain Science of Boosting Creativity, Collaboration and Innovative Thinking

08:30 AM 09:30 AM Grand Halls E - G

After years of scientific study, we now have specific techniques to maximize innovative thinking skills as well as optimize creative and collaborative abilities. In many cases, these abilities are not in inborn but rather taught and practiced.

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Networking Break

09:30 AM 09:45 AM

Build a Collaborative Court Leadership Team (Repeats @ 2:30 PM)

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Court performance is strengthened through collaboration – working together to achieve common goals.Developing internal collaboration between the Chief Judge and Court Executive is a necessary first step before you can build collaborative relationships with external partners and stakeholders.This workshop will provide tips and resources for developing collaborative internal and external relationships.

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Plenary Follow Up: The Science of Managing Stress

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

We live in a face paced world, with a million distractions and deadlines coming at us from a million different directions. In this environment stress can be overwhelming. Learn which types of stress in your life are actually very good for you and which stress you need to be careful of.

In this workshop you will not only learn the latest insights into how to manage your stress but the stress of those around you. In order to maximize collaboration, a key aspect is managing stress. Hear science based, actionable solutions to manage stress for healthier relationships and a healthier brain.

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Joining Forces Against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

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Collaboration Sponsor Session

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Exhibit Show

10:30 AM 02:30 PM Grand Halls A, C, D

Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Grand Halls A, C, D (Exhibit Hall)

More than Meets the Eye: Human Trafficking in the Courtroom

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Participants will be provided information about Maryland’s approach to human trafficking and the interrelationship among disciplines and branches of government that make cooperation paramount.Specific topics include: the circumstances and contexts in which courts encounter human trafficking; post-conviction relief and the survivor’s road to recovery; and the work of Maryland’s Human Trafficking Initiative.

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Collaboration Sponsor Session

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Build a Collaborative Court Leadership Team (Repeat of 9:45 AM)

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Court performance is strengthened through collaboration – working together to achieve common goals. Developing internal collaboration between the Chief Judge and Court Executive is a necessary first step before you can build collaborative relationships with external partners and stakeholders. This workshop will provide tips and resources for developing collaborative internal and external relationships.

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Fostering an Innovative Court (Repeat @ 11:00 AM on 2/13)

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Find out how the California courts are transforming the way they do business with attorneys, justice partners, and the public.Hear about their new technology governance structure, innovation initiatives involving avatars, chatbots and machine learning, their partnership with the Texas courts on digital evidence, and their recent branchwide technology summit.

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Networking Break

03:30 PM 03:45 PM

Special Interest Group

Expungement in the Post Ferguson Era

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Expungement of criminal records is a hodgepodge of laws and processes maintained by each state. Expungements are now in the spotlight with the debate over mass incarceration. Come chat about how different states expunge criminal records and what should be the leadership role for court administrators in addressing this issue.

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Special Interest Group

What is the Courts’ Role in Serving Offenders With Mental Illness

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Individuals with mental illnesses frequently reappear in our criminal justice system. Should our courts facilitate and initiate system reform and integration by taking a more proactive position in bringing together and collaborating with all affected and heath treatment agencies? Likewise, should our courts expand such an approach to encompass individuals charged with more serious offenses?

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Special Interest Group

What to Look for in Your Court’s Next Generation of Leaders

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Court administration is experiencing turnovers and reduced staffing levels due to retirement or promotion. Selecting candidates who will successfully complete the hiring process and excel is essential. Standard testing and interviews don’t always provide the entire picture. Come discuss competencies and traits needed for the best leaders of your court.


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Breakfast On Your Own

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Conference Registration & Information

07:30 AM 12:00 PM Grand Foyer

The Doctor Is In: Schedule your Free Consultation!

08:00 AM 05:00 PM Salon II (Second Floor)

The Doctor is In program is a special on-site service which is offered solely to attendees of various national, regional and state court conferences throughout the year. The program offers conference attendees an opportunity to speak with one or more of the National Center for State Court's court services professionals on any desired court topic, for no charge and with no further obligation. Contact Kent Kelly to schedule an appointment.

Coffee Service

08:00 AM 09:00 AM Grand Foyer

Grab a cup of coffee or tea before you start the last day of the conference. 

Morning Announcements

08:15 AM 08:30 AM Grand Halls E - G

Plenary: Neuroscience, Child and Adolescent Development and the Courts

08:30 AM 09:30 AM Grand Halls E - G

Dr. Pat Levitt will discuss the research showing that early life experiences influence social, emotional and learning skills and why Early matters for healthy brain development, and child welfare and juvenile justice policy debates and reforms. The follow-up session will address the implications of the research for court leaders.

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Networking Break

09:30 AM 09:45 AM

Pretrial Justice and the State Courts

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

As the movement to improve pretrial justice continues to grow, the State Justice Institute’s Pretrial Justice and Courts Initiative is providing resources to state and local jurisdictions seeking to implement reforms. This session will highlight projects and implementation tools supported through the Initiative.

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Plenary Follow up: Implications for Court Leaders

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Court professionals, service providers, policy makers, families and communities need to work together collaboratively to improve court responses to children and families—especially for child welfare and juvenile justice reforms. Dr. Levitt, teamed up with the Orange County Juvenile Presiding Judge, will emphasize the collaboration necessary for success and practical takeaways for attendees.

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Extending the Core to your Court: Strategic Planning

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

The NACM Core is the centerpiece of NACM's educational content for court management professionals. NACM promotes these new competencies not only as resources for the development of professionals working in court administration but also to encourage excellence in the administration of justice and court management. The presenters will give an overview of the Core, a summary of the content of this competency, and explanation of how the curricula can be used for training and professional development programs.

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Increasing Courthouse Resilience to Disasters

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

This session will discuss how the Orange County Superior Court collaborated with external agencies to implement a FEMA based emergency preparedness training program. We will also explore how the Court secured a Homeland Security grant to mitigate active shooter incidents through infrastructure enhancements.

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Networking Break

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Justice for All

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Justice for All leadership and project representatives will provide remarks and lead an open discussion on the Justice for All planning process and experience, especially as it relates to outreach and collaboration with community and non-traditional access to justice stakeholders. Particular attention will be paid to the practical aspects of implementing and sustaining a collaborative, action-oriented planning effort to achieve meaningful access to justice for all.

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Fostering an Innovative Court (Repeat of 2:30 PM on 2/12)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Find out how the California courts are transforming the way they do business with attorneys, justice partners, and the public.Hear about their new technology governance structure, innovation initiatives involving avatars, chatbots and machine learning, their partnership with the Texas courts on digital evidence, and their recent branchwide technology summit.

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Courts, Legal Aid, and Self Help Centers Working Together

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Legal aid groups and courts are resource constrained environments. With the overwhelming demand they see everyday at self help centers providers of assistance need to create work flows, protocols and tools that allow them to serve more better. This workshop will describe how to high volume centers have evolved to be able to support thousands of people in need. They will share similarities and what they have learned from similarly situated self help center, and they will describe how online forms has enhanced the services they provide with limited resouces.

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Building Strategic Collaboration to Address Jail Misuse

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Jurisdictions across the country are working to ensure the fair and effective use of jails. Strategies they are using (e.g., diversion into behavioral health treatment and expanded pretrial release) require the strategic collaboration of multiple justice system partners. This session explores the benefits and challenges of these collaborative enterprises in three jurisdictions.

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Lunch and Plenary: TakingPoint: Principles for Building a High-Performance Culture

12:00 PM 01:30 PM Grand Halls E - G

In this engaging program, Brent Gleeson shares the principles that forge Navy SEAL culture and how they can be applied to building high performance teams in any environment. The principles include everything from culture transformation and learning how to measure and improve trust and accountability to improving engagement, discipline and resiliency. The program will include a high-energy keynote presentation followed by a collaborative Start-Stop-Continue workshop.

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Networking Break

01:30 PM 01:45 PM

Court Security: Networking with Justice Partners

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Violent acts in and around courthouses happen every week. Sadly, judges and court staff are generally unprepared to respond to, or handle, these types of situations. This program intends to empower court managers and leaders to take action and collaborate with their justice partners to make their facilities safer.

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Marijuana and the Youth

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

There are now 8 states and D.C. with recreational marijuana laws with another 3 states poised for 2018 legalization. There are also 30 states with medical marijuana laws with an additional 17 with limited medical marijuana laws. Does the passage of these medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws increase the use of marijuana by the youth? What are the perceptions of harm with marijuana use by the youth? Is there a correlation between use and perceptions of harm? This presentation will answer those questions and more. It will discuss the current data and statistics regarding marijuana use by the youth, how they use, and, how that use may impact the adolescent brain and body. It will then discuss how that use impacts future use of drugs, education and learning, mental health, suicide, and driving and possession convictions. This presentation will also offer some risk assessment screens and tools along with approaches to sentencing the juvenile in cases involving marijuana including Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI); juvenile drugs courts; and, alternative tracking dockets/courts. It will conclude with some marijuana driving campaigns targeting the youth.

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Plenary Follow Up: TakingPoint: Strategies for Improving Collaboration

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

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Data to Dashboards - Dynamic Data Dashboards at Work!

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Everyone has data. Everyone is talking about data but how is data being assessed, organized, and analyzed? This session will feature a variety of dynamic data dashboards developed by the Superior Court of California, County of Orange. Examples may include dashboards for managing criminal workload, family law judicial workload, collections workload, etc.

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Networking Break

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

Plenary - State of the State Courts

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Grand Halls E - G

For the fourth consecutive year, NCSC’s State of the State Courts public opinion survey reveals fascinating insights into public attitudes about the courts. In this concluding plenary, come to learn about some of the key takeaways from the survey. Access to justice in rural and under-populated areas is an area of concern, with nearly 3-in-4 Americans identifying it as a problem—though consensus on solutions is elusive. A majority believes that judges are not in touch with community concerns, highlighting the need for ongoing community outreach—and better listening—by courts and judges. And while most Americans still view the court system as too complicated to allow for self-representation, the survey reveals a number of specific customer service challenges and relatively simple solutions that Americans say could improve access to justice. This session won’t just tell you what the public thinks; you will leave with ideas you can implement in your jurisdiction to improve customer service, and promote public trust and confidence in the courts.


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